In announcing the 2008 EO/Wheatstone Symposium Joe Carter asks bloggers to write an essay answering the question:
If the medium affects the message, how will the Christian message be affected by the new media?
While I am not writing this post to enter in the symposium (though I am still considering doing a separate one) the question is a good bridge to a review of Clay Shirky's book "Here Comes Everybody."
I first became aware of Mr. Shirky while looking for some responses to Andrew Keen's book The Cult of the Amateur, and found some of his writings at Many to Many. And with that I have become aware of his blog of the same title as this book. and requested the opportunity to read and review the book. So, many thanks to Mr. Shirky for giving me this chance.
Getting back to Joe's question, this book illustrates how the question of how the Christian message will be affected by the new media is simply a subset of the question of how any and all messages will be affected by the new media. But it also shows that the new media is much bigger than a "message transmission" technology.
In one sense the "new media" of blogging, vlogging, podcasting, twittering, social networks and the like are much more than just "media," as we have come to think of it. On the one hand it is the same because the new media still "mediates" information and in that sense it is like orality and writing. On the other hand the new media does things that old media never did.